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A new Palliative Care Unit at Our Lady’s Hospice, providing 36 single-bed family bedrooms with support facilities. The project comprises new-built extensions connected to existing refurbished buildings, constructed on a phased basis.

Floor area
3,145 m²  (33,852 ft²)


The hospice provides end-of-life care for terminally ill patients and their families. The design of the building reflects the nature of the services provided.

The architectural form is therefore domestic in scale and non-institutional in nature, purposely avoiding the aesthetics and feel of a clinical institutional environment. Colours and materials were carefully selected for ease of way-finding and to create a relaxed comforting setting for the promotion of emotional wellbeing for patients, family members and staff.

Strong connections are made between internal patient spaces and the external landscaped areas without compromising patient privacy. Each bedroom wing features secure private landscaped courtyards along with a more public central courtyard at the heart of the development.

Phase 1 of the project (24 bedrooms) was completed in November 2016 and was delivered in BIM Level 2 through all stages.


Harold’s Cross, Dublin

Client comment:

“Reddy Architecture approached this project with great sensitivity towards the end user’s requirements. They worked very closely with us, responding promptly to our evolving requirements.

Given that Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services has a high dependency on voluntary contributions, cost-effectiveness of the design strategy for this new extension was paramount. Reddy A+U maintained a proactive focus throughout the project to address critical environmental and sustainability issues, with the aim of reducing operational, maintenance and energy-use costs while maximising the quality of the new facilities.

The creative and professional performance and attention to detail of Reddy A+U has resulted in a highly efficient, sustainable and pleasant working and care environment which was very well received by staff and patients alike. The recent visit by HRH Prince Charles is testament to the high quality and standards achieved.”